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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Granny stitch decrease? on: October 25, 2014 10:25:58 AM
Hi crocheters, I'm hoping you'll be able to help me with this stumper:

I've become enamored with these wristwarmers:

and have been trying to replicate the pattern on my own. The bottom part of the wristwarmers seems to just be granny stitch. So I thought I could just crochet in the round using granny stitch. But then I realized I'd need to start decreasing as you get closer to the wrist, and I realized that I have no idea how to decrease in the granny stitch pattern.

I played around with this a little on my own, and my less than perfect solution was to skip an entire set of dc's, which generates a bump. I've done some internet searching and haven't found anything helpful.

So craftster crocheters, how would you go about decreasing a granny stitch?
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Probably a silly question but asking anyway! Acrylic sweater? on: September 21, 2014 07:11:05 PM
For soft acrylics, I love both Vanna's choice and Bernat Super Value.
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: zig zag blanket help on: September 21, 2014 07:09:14 PM
I often find with afghan patterns that I just have to chain as much as I think I need (instead of what the pattern says) (although equally often the blanket ends up being even wider than I thought it would be).

As for the buckling/curling, is it along the chained edge? How many rows have you done? I find you've got to give it a number of rows before it lays really flat. One other thought: make sure you're putting the right number of stitches in the top of each zig zag. If there are too few stitches, it'll buckle.
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon head dice bag! on: September 01, 2014 06:34:44 PM
I think the eyes are what really nailed it: a little sleepy, a little squinty, a little scowl-y.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to crocheting need help on: August 30, 2014 08:45:06 PM
I second the Ravelry suggestion. I've found lots of Adventure Time patterns there.
26  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon head dice bag! on: August 30, 2014 01:51:22 PM

It's not lined. For the basic pattern, I just scaled up the Smaug pattern by using a size P hook and using doubled-up worsted weight yarn. And just add on a few extra rows at the end to extend the neck so there's room for the drawstring. Then I used a small f hook for the eyes, horns, eyebrows, and nostril ridges.
27  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Dragon head dice bag! on: August 30, 2014 12:15:11 PM
My husband has a monthly gaming night with his friends and family, and he requested a dragon head dice bag, so here's what I came up with:

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I was inspired by another dragon head dice bag that I saw on ebay, and so I decided to draft my own pattern. I used a modification of ChrysN's Smaug the Dragon pattern on Instructables for the bag construction:

Thanks for looking, and let me know if you have questions and would like to try making one of these yourself!
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern help! on: May 31, 2014 06:54:46 PM
One thing I noticed in the pattern is that in row one you are still doing your previous pattern, so you've got way more than six chains to work with for row 2. It looks like for row one you should do 61 stitches of your pattern, ch6, skip next 48 stitches, do 97 stitches of your pattern, ch6, skip next 48 stitches, and do 61 stitches of your pattern.
What this row does is pinch off the sleeves, leaving you with only the "live" stitches needed to make up the circumference for the torso part of the sweater.

So now in row 2 you should be able to Ch4, then just do the *11dc, Ch1, miss 1 chain space* all the way across.

Does that help at all?
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you think these colors would be to dark together? on: January 30, 2014 03:48:15 PM
I don't think they're too dark. Just order the yarns so that the grape and navy aren't right next to each other, because they do look pretty similar
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: "holes" in the blanket? on: January 30, 2014 03:46:37 PM
One "pro" for hole-y blankets: they keep the blankets from being too stiff and heavy. I find that even fairly hole-y blankets are still plenty warm, and the holes make them lighter and more pliable (for bunching up/squishing around and snuggling up with)
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